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Meet the Wallers

Filmed Over 20 Years in Australia

Can Love Survive Art & Marriage?

Mark Waller is a successful Australian Artist and Cancer survivor, but it wasn’t always like that. His wife Nicole Waller allows herself to be vulnerable and trust the process, but it wasn’t always like that either.

Few people understand the struggle and journey of a living artist, or the pressure it places on their immediate family.
With the power of retrospect offered by the film we see that diamonds only form under unique and specific conditions.

So how does a modern day artist and his young family survive in a world geared toward mortgages, bills, marriage, children and success? Join us in watching this amazing story that was filmed over 20years in Lennox Head, Australia

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Synopsis

A true story about commitment; commitment to marriage, to your art, to your truth, and to making a film spanning two decades.
An authentic journey of life captured on film for the first time.

Life is a journey, not a destination. Never truer do we find this in the story captured in Meet the Wallers.
We become immersed in the world of Mark and Nic Waller, as their journey is just beginning.

Love at first sight brings these two local Lennox residents together, starting a family, building a house and beginning on the great mystery of ‘till death do us part’.

The rose-coloured glasses soon break when Nicole realises just how hard it is to enter into the ‘art world’ and be taken seriously – despite Mark’s overwhelming and obvious natural talent.

Ragged trouser philanthropist Mark, believes his paintings are a gateway into another dimension and can effect real social change through his passionate ‘ripple effect’ project.

Filmed in the beachside town of Lennox Head, a short distance from the mecca of Byron Bay, Nicole and Mark Waller are the central focus of the film, their story isn’t known at all when the camera first started rolling, in the early 2000’s. They didn’t know what their marriage and lives were going to face, and neither did the cameraman.

In stark contrast to a changed world, the story on film is as real as it’s going to get. Meet the Wallers is a voyeur’s dream, a literal fly on the wall at every crucial moment, and every dark turn – nothing is hidden, or manipulated. It’s a testament to the true strength and power found in genuine connection and commitment to doing something hard. It’s an odyssey to learning to fix something if it’s broken, and having the guts to admit when you’re wrong. Love is the glue that matters and keeps everything together. When tragedy strikes, all other cares fade into the distance, regardless of the distance between hearts.

Meet the Wallers is a story for the now. Being able to look back on your life having gone through tough times, having stuck to your dreams and decisions is the kind of experience we all admire, but rarely have enough guts to pursue.

Fantastic, riveting, honest, open, raw, so compelling to watch

– Carol Grey

Audience Breath of Fresh Air Festival

Just saw the film. Amazing, makes you reflect on your own life

– Stephanie Yam

Audience Breath of Fresh Air Festival

Just watched the premiere and loved it. The story scared me and filled me with joy!

– Lindsey Ruster

Audience Breath of Fresh Air Festival

Saw the film last night. Wonderful, entertaining, emotional, raw and unusual. A terrific experience

– Peter Hudson

Audience Breath of Fresh Air Festival

a rare warts and all reveal of a marriage of a truly authentic Australian couple

– Anne Maria Nicholson

Audience Breath of Fresh Air Festival, former-ABC Journalist

Audience Feedback

It’s not often you see a film that so delicately captures the essence of life

Statement

When Jim Stevens first set out to make a film about Mark Waller, he never intended for it to extend over 20 years of filming. What he managed to capture is nothing short of breathtaking, showing us a very real and uncontrived view into the life of an artist as he pragmatically moves from struggling to success; holding tight to the vision and dream he cultivated for himself and his family. The collateral damage along the way is revealed in stark honesty, and as Mark and Nic Waller navigate through the deceptive waters of wanting more and having less, a sublime inner beauty begins to show through.

There is something hypnotic about watching a family evolve over 20 years of marriage, as though we’ve been permitted to understand a very big secret that very few people know. These strangers become vicariously an extension to one’s own family, as we start to celebrate their triumphs, and feel deeply their pain and trauma – riding the rollercoaster of life with our hands in the air. We want them to succeed, and their success has intended ripple effects to remote locations in other parts of the world.

Meet the Wallers is an unexpected journey deep into the mystery of family and relationship. It is an inspirational motivator to following your dreams and sticking to your vision, no matter how crazy other people think you are.

Director/Producer – Jim Stevens  |  Producer – Gil Scrine  |  Executive Producer – Judith Ehrlich

Executive Producer Trish Lake  |  Cinematographer – Jim Stevens  |  Editor Michael Craft